Tempest Rising (Tempest #1)
I absolutely loved this book! Tempest Rising was such a refreshing read, it was different from anything else I have read lately. Mermaids are one of my favorite mythical creatures, so I cannot tell you how excited I was for this book. I had high expectations for it, and it surpassed my every expection. Absolutely brilliant.
I loved that Deebs really look liberties with her story - a lot of the mermaid aspects of the book were so different from everything else I have read about mermaids. I loved it! It was one aspect that kept me reading so fast - it was just so different.
The plot also took so many twists and turns, I couldn't guess where most things were going. Yes, the obvious sort of land marks I could guess, but after that I really wasn't sure where Tracy Deebs would take the story. It was also very well written. The story was just beautifully woven.
The characters in Tempest Rising were awesome. I loved Mark and Kai both. They were both different from each other, yet alike. Tempest was a really great character as well, I loved her witt and snark. Her insecurities that came out were almost a bit much at times, and did marr my image of her.
The ending was perfect. As the last 50 pages came up, I sat there thinking to myself, "How on earth will she tie this up well?" There was a ton going on, and I was honestly worried that I wouldn't be happy with the ending, and there would be loose ends. There was none of that - Deebs ties up everything that needs to be perfectly, while leaving enough open to sort of imagine what happens next. With the way she ended the story, I will be very interested if there will be a sequel or if it will merely stand alone - either would work marvelously.
I absolutely loved Tempest Rising. I couldn't put it down, and when I had to, I was constantly trying to sneak in a few more pages. With a kick-ass plot and an awesome cast of characters, Tempest Rising is a book you will not want to miss. I definitely see this one falling among my top books of the year. It was simply amazing.
Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her—and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.
Whilst I did like reading Tempest Rising, it wasn’t what I expected and as a result, I was left quite disappointed. I was really excited about reading Tempest Rising due to the beautiful, underwater covers but instead of the fun, light-hearted, under-the-sea tale I was expecting to read, I ended up with, (to be quite honest) a gloomy, land-based story with the occasional underwater trip! I also found the mermaid parts of the book to be quite dull, compared to some of the other mermaid books I have read before. Some of the events previous to the book overshadowed what was actually happening at the present time in the story, which meant at times I longed to read more about the events in question, rather than the main story itself in Tempest Rising.
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With every good book I've read lately they have had an amazingly strong female lead. The trend keeps going with Tempest. With her mom abandoning her and her family when she was 10, she had to step up and take care of her two little brothers, so she doesn't let anyone baby her. She can take care of herself, easily. Tempest has a passion for surfing that might have to do with her being half of a mermaid! I'm loving all the mermaid books lately!!
Then there's Kona and Mark. Two of Tempest's interesting guy friends. Mark is the jealous boyfriend type. He always treats his girl right, but is a little possessive, and even more so when Kona comes to town. Kona on the other hand is the strong mysterious new guy who can ride the waves like a god and immediately grabs every ones attention. Especially Tempest.
Between the two super sexy male leads, a strong independent female lead, tear-jerking emotions, and mermaids what isn't there to like?! The book kept me immersed in it 100% of the time and I couldn't put this book down! Tempest Rising is the book to read if your looking for a new book!
~~ Sam :)